Aug 14, 2020
Donald Trump shocked the world with a statement regarding a remarkable peace deal he helped create between the United Arab Emirates and Israel. The two countries, who have previously had no diplomatic relations agreed to ease tensions, with Israel agreeing to stop its plans to annex areas in the occupied West Bank.
The deal signed between the two countries is only the third deal of peace between Arab and Israeli nations, since Israel’s declaration of independence in 1948. Prime Minister Netanyahu and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan “a truly historic moment”.
The unexpected peace came due to the fact that both sides worry about a mutual enemy – Iran. The announcement shocked the administration of Palestine, with the country’s President deeming this deal as “treason” and recalling the Palestinian ambassador to the UAE.
HUGE breakthrough today! Historic Peace Agreement between our two GREAT friends, Israel and the United Arab Emirates!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2020
“Now that the ice has been broken, I expect more Arab and Muslim countries will follow the United Arab Emirates,” said Trump, adding that there will be a celebratory ceremony at the White House in the coming weeks. Mr. Netanyahu replied to Trump’s in Hebrew, saying “Historic day.”
At the same time, the Prime Minister said that the plans to annex West Bank still would take place, but they are currently being delayed, “There is no change in my plan to apply our sovereignty to Judea and Samaria [West Bank] in full co-ordination with the US. I’m committed to it. That hasn’t changed. I remind you that I was the one who put the issue of sovereignty over Judea and Samaria on the table. This issue remains on the table,” he said.
Commenters believe the reason for Trump’s heavy involvement in the deal was to improve his ratings at the upcoming presidential elections in November, after having lost a lot of support due to his administration’s reception to the COVID-19 pandemic.